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Developer Linux News for Aug 24, 2001

  • New Zealand Herald: NZ 'lets world software trend slip by' (Aug 24, 2001, 22:59)
    "New Zealand's addiction to expensive packaged code means it is missing one of the most important developments in the knowledge economy, the rise of open source software."

  • Windows XP Launch Day Roundup (Aug 24, 2001, 22:52)
    Today is launch day for Windows XP, which brings a fresh crop of Windows submissions from all and sundry: "The price of innovation" (Microsoft reveals WinXP pricing scheme); Steve Ballmer says "There is no innovation in the Linux world. They cloned a lot of stuff from Windows, including very old stuff," (and cavorts, once again, on the stage); unhappiness continues over the halt of plug-in support in IE; Dean Pannell gets another visit from the Toadie; Michael Moore takes up a collection to help Mr. Gates recover from the devastating effects of charities on his business, and Code Red is, say some security people, with us forever as a new variant rears its head. Plus video clips of Mr. Gates himself launching XP to Kool and the Gang.

  • ZDNet/TechRepublic: Will Microsoft Mono-polize open source? (Aug 24, 2001, 19:54)
    "GNOME and KDE are the competing standards for user interfaces on UNIX, and more importantly, Linux. Mono, on the other hand, is aimed at making UNIX developers competitive in the Web services space by giving them a feature-rich implementation of the .NET development platform using existing open source technologies. I'll give you the scoop on Mono, and I'll discuss what it could mean for open source and for Microsoft."

  • GNU Midnight Commander 4.5.55 Released (Aug 24, 2001, 17:35)
    "Development of the GNOME frontend will continue on the stable branch only: "Branch_MC_4_5_x". All GNOME support will be removed from the head branch in the next few days."

  • Gnuheter: Sing about free software (Aug 24, 2001, 14:26)
    "What happens when a professor of law at Stanford--a strong advocate for free software and freedom of speech--does music? As reported by Gnuheter, Larry Lessig provides us with an answer."

  • Digital Diversity Redux (Aug 24, 2001, 10:14)
    "Now, homogeneity breeds some simple things. For one, the perception that things are better for Joe Public. With the homogeneity of today, argue the clueless people in Microsoft's favor, Joe Public has it easy. He doesn't have to worry about software incompatibility. He can select software down at the local Best Buy without having to worry much about whether or not it will work with his system. Better still, they argue, Microsoft bundles software with the operating system, making Joe Public's life that much easier."

  • Minutes of the GNOME Board meeting 21 August 2001 (Aug 24, 2001, 06:59)
    This week's minutes: second, "thick-skinned" release coordinator sought; account policies, new foundation director

  • LinuxProgramming: Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Aug 23) (Aug 24, 2001, 04:55)
    All that's new in the Python world.